Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and Em­ploy­ment of­fi­cially launches the Na­tional Skills Coun­cil

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Gabriel Schem­bri

The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion yes­ter­day launched the Na­tional Skills Coun­cil to help ad­dress the skill is­sues re­lated to ed­u­ca­tion and em­ploy­ment.

In a press con­fer­ence held at the min­istry, Min­is­ter Evarist Bar­tolo ex­plained that the aim of this coun­cil is to in­te­grate older work­ers, women and young grad­u­ates into the labour mar­ket. He said that this stems from the fact that there needs to be a stronger link be­tween ed­u­ca­tion and em­ploy­ment.

“Through this doc­u­ment Malta will be join­ing the EU in the com­mit­ment to ad­dress the chal­lenges of en­sur­ing a fully equipped labour force, not nec­es­sar­ily with qual­i­fi­ca­tions, but with skills that re­spond to the chal­lenges of tech­no­log­i­cal progress,” Mr Bar­tolo said.

The coun­cil co­in­cides with the Frame­work for the Ed­u­ca­tional Strat­egy for Malta be­tween the year 2014 and 2024.

The Coun­cil will be tasked with pro­vid­ing rec­om­men­da­tions to the min­istry based on ev­i­dence gath­ered in Malta. It is also ex­pected to act as a bro­ker be­tween em­ploy­ers and ed­u­ca­tion providers. Asked by this news­pa­per re­gard­ing which par­tic­u­lar skills are lack­ing, the min­is­ter said that the is­sue is with the basic skills, re­lated to sim­ple com­mu­ni­ca­tion or one’s abil­ity to work with oth­ers.

Pro­fes­sor Joe Cilia will head the Coun­cil to­gether with Dr Alex Grech as Deputy Chair­per­son.

Evarist Bar­tolo Photo: Jonathan Borg

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